• Enter a company of SOLDIERS

    FIRST SOLDIER

    Brother, good night. Tomorrow is the day.

    SECOND SOLDIER

    It will determine one way. Fare you well.
    Heard you of nothing strange about the streets?

    FIRST SOLDIER

    Nothing. What news?

    SECOND SOLDIER

    5Belike ’tis but a rumor. Good night to you.

    FIRST SOLDIER

    Well, sir, good night.
    They meet other SOLDIERS

    SECOND SOLDIER

    Soldiers, have careful watch.

    THIRD SOLDIER

    And you. Good night, good night.
    The four SOLDIERS place themselves in every corner of the stage

    SECOND SOLDIER

    Here we. And if tomorrow
    10Our navy thrive, I have an absolute hope
    Our landmen will stand up.

    FIRST SOLDIER

    ’Tis a brave army, and full of purpose.
    Music of the hautboys is under the stage

    SECOND SOLDIER

    Peace! What noise?

    FIRST SOLDIER

    List, list!

    SECOND SOLDIER

    15Hark!

    FIRST SOLDIER

    Music i’ th’ air.

    THIRD SOLDIER

    Under the earth.

    FOURTH SOLDIER

    It signs well, does it not?

    THIRD SOLDIER

    No.
  • A company of SOLDIERS enters.

    FIRST SOLDIER

    Good night, brother. Tomorrow is the day.

    SECOND SOLDIER

    This battle will determine who wins the war. Take care of yourself. Have you heard about anything unusual happening in the city?

    FIRST SOLDIER

    No. What was it?

    SECOND SOLDIER

    It was probably just a rumor. Good night.

    FIRST SOLDIER

    Well sir, good night.
    Two other SOLDIERS enter.

    SECOND SOLDIER

    Soldiers, watch carefully.

    THIRD SOLDIER

    You too. Good night. Good night.
    Each SOLDIER takes a post at a corner of the stage.

    SECOND SOLDIER

    This is our station. And if our navy wins tomorrow, no doubt our army will do their part.

    FIRST SOLDIER

    It’s an outstanding army and highly motivated.
    Oboe music comes from underneath the stage.

    SECOND SOLDIER

    Quiet! What’s that sound?

    FIRST SOLDIER

    Listen! Listen!

    SECOND SOLDIER

    Listen!

    FIRST SOLDIER

    There’s music coming out of thin air.

    THIRD SOLDIER

    From under the earth.

    FOURTH SOLDIER

    It’s a lucky sign, isn’t it?

    THIRD SOLDIER

    No.